The Fondation Etrillard supports the Concours de Genève, one of the largest international music competitions founded in 1921. The competition aims to discover, promote and support young talents, providing them with tools to develop their international career.
© Anne Laure Lechat
The Foundation's support takes the form of a Special Prize Fondation Etrillard. The Prize is awarded by the official competition jury to the finalist who presented the most remarkable artistic personal project during the semi-final in Geneva.
This Special Prize supports the Competition's efforts in the field of profesionnal training.
Kevin Chen, winner 2022 © Anne-Laure Lechat
In 2022, the winner of the Interpretation Prize, 18-year-old pianist Kevin Chen, was also the winner of the Special Prize. He has since won the 17th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and performs on major international stages.
In 2023, the jury chose the Quatuor Elmire as the winner of the Special Prize in the string quartet discipline. Comprising four musicians based in Paris (David Petrlik and Yoan Brakha on violins, Hortense Fourrier on viola and Rémi Carlon on cello), the quartet has taken advice from some of the greatest quartettists, including members of the Hagen, Ysaÿe, Berg, Modigliani, Belcea and Ébène Quartets. Artists in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Spedidam generation artists and winners of the Fondation Banque Populaire, the quartet also won the Second Prize for interpretation at the finals of the Geneva Competition 2023.
Quatuor Elmire, winner 2023 © Anne-Laure Lechat
“Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the pillars of humanity's world heritage and, for us, one of the heroes of Western society in the 18th and 19th centuries. Immersing ourselves in Beethoven's life is our guiding principle. To impact the audience with this revolutionary music in which Beethoven surpasses the limits of his disability (his deafness) and condition, our complete collection of the three "Razumovsky" quartets will take the form of a concert performance, a CD recording, an educational and social project, as well as an artistic and pedagogical digital visual support. This will be the creation of a new dramatic work whose main point is to truly make people understand and transmit Beethoven's music through the composer's personality at a crucial moment in his life: the writing of the Heiligenstadt Testament.”
Heiligenstadt Testament, letter written by Beethoven on 6 October 1802
The Fondation Etrillard is also supporting the establishment of a new programme in the Concours de Genève. Prior to the interpretive competition, candidates can benefit from support, coaching and training to develop their personal artistic project. The richness of their project is decisive in the jury’s selection.
By supporting the Concours de Genève, the Fondation Etrillard fosters the education of talented young musicians.